Thomas Rawls unfazed by Seahawks drafting three running backs


Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls recently returned to practice after a broken ankle ended a promising rookie season prematurely. He knows he has his work cut out of him, given the team’s decision to draft three running backs in April.

“We’re going to compete,” Rawls told reporters on Tuesday. “I don’t feel established, I’m going to always be a hard worker, I’ll always be a leader and I’m going to always congratulate guys whenever guys go out there and do some of the amazing things that they do. After they drafted the guys I was excited, we got some young good talent coming in and the expectation is for the position. So it doesn’t matter if Thomas [Rawls] is back there, it doesn’t matter if Christine [Michael] is back there, it doesn’t matter if these other guys are back there, when you’re back there you have to be a Seattle Seahawk. Whenever you’re back there you’re relentless, you’re tough, you play with a passion, it’s something so deep inside of you. You have to feel like you’re the catalyst of this team, when you’re in that backfield; to up hold that tradition and that’s one thing were going to do.”

As an undrafted free agent in 2015, Rawls appeared in 13 games with seven starts. He rushed for 830 yards on 147 attempts. With Marshawn Lynch gone, Rawls may get the first, best chance to become the new workhorse in Seattle. If he can’t, the Seahawks will have plenty of other guys ready to roll.

15 responses to “Thomas Rawls unfazed by Seahawks drafting three running backs

  1. Dude was a beast in ’15. But Schneids drafting 3 RBs seems to me that Seattle ignored depth. They are near the bottom of the league in team depth (read this recently, but don’t recall where).

  2. Lose lynch and Fred Jackson.
    Get Rawls back healthy,
    Add Rookie collins and Prosise.

    I’m excited to see if that’s a gain.

    Just for giggles, I think hawks should bring Mike Rob back another year since we don’t have a solid full back.

  3. Seahawks fans were trying to tell us that he is a better RB than Gurley. Why’d your team draft three RBs? Because they have so much confidence in Mr. Broken Ankle?

  4. Judging by the amount of haters on anything mentioning the Seahawks, I feel really confident in the Seahawks this year. The better the team is, the more trolls show up.

  5. iseek11 says:
    Aug 10, 2016 1:11 AM
    Window closed.

    For your team maybe. Not in Seattle. I’m guessing your team is already projected to be in contention for the top pick in the 2017 draft? Is that accurate?

  6. VFL 2TONEBLUE says:
    Aug 9, 2016 9:44 PM

    First things first…we lost a couple of O-Line guys and one D-Line guy…so they used pick #31 for a RT, and pick #49 for a DT. Rawls is a beast, and Michael looks like he’s turned his career around.

    So they used pick #90 in the 3rd round, for CJ Prosise…he was a WR convert, so he will be used as a 3rd down back to replace Fred Jackson. They picked Alex Collins at #171 in the 5th round. Collins will be depth behind Rawls and Michael. Brooks was #247, one of the last guys in the draft. Most likely won’t make the team.

    So that’s why they passed on Derrick.

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